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The 25 Best 2016 Summer Trips for Black Professionals

The 25 Best 2016 Summer Trips for Black Professionals

After months of being held hostage in your home due to rain, sleet, and snow… it’s finally time to break out! Grab your crew, book a flight (or Zip Car if you’re into the road trip thing) and travel to some of these summer concerts, festivals, and parties tailored to your Black professional needs.

African Festival of the Arts in Chicago, IL

September 2016 (official dates have not been released yet)
African Festival of the Arts in Chicago 2016
Experience a four-day immersion into African culture and heritage into an authentic African village during the Labor Day holiday weekend. Over 300 vendors and artisans from Africa and the African Diaspora will present artifacts, textiles, traditional crafts and museum quality art.
aihafa.squarespace.com/african-festival, @africanfestivalchicago, @aihchicago

AfroPunk in Brooklyn, NY

August 2016 (official dates have not been released yet)
AfroPunk 2016
AfroPunk is a music festival held annually in Brooklyn, New York since 2005. The festival originally sought to provide Black people an opportunity to build community amongst the predominantly white punk subcultures. The festival shifted to include musical performers now represent a variety of genres, primarily known to reflect African American culture.
afropunkfest.com, @afropunk

American Black Film Festival in Miami Beach, FL

June 15 – 19, 2016, add to your calendar
American Black Film Festival miami 2016
The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is an independent film festival that focuses primarily on works by Black members of the film industry. The festival is held annually and features full-length narratives, short films, mobile entertainment, and documentaries, all by and/or featuring Black writers, directors, actors, and actresses.
abff.com, @americanblackfilmfestival

Atlanta Greek Picnic Week in Atlanta, GA

June 6 – 12, 2016, add to your calendar
Atlanta Greek Picnic Week 2016
The biggest and one of the best Greek Weeks in the country. AGP is filled with career fairs, community service, charity events, private VIP events, town hall meetings, networking events, exclusive panels, celebrities, and of course the picnic.
atlantagreekpicnic.com, @atlgreekpicnic1

BET Experience at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA

June 23 – 26, 2016, add to your calendar
BET Experience at L.A. Live 2016
Get ready for four days of endless entertainment at L.A. It’s your chance to roll like a VIP and attend the 2016 BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre!
bet.com/bet-experience, @bet

Black Enterprise’s The African American Festival in Baltimore, MD

July 2 – 3, 2016, add to your calendar
Black Enterprise’s The African American Festival 2016
An annual free celebration of life, music, and culture. It includes stellar performances, empowerment seminars, and non-stop fun for the entire family.
africanamericanfestival.net, @BmoreAAF

Black Harvest Film Festival in Chicago, IL

August 8 – September 3, 2016, add to your calendar
Black Harvest Film Festival 2016
The Black Harvest Film Festival is Chicago’s annual showcase for films that tell stories, raise questions, or touch on issues that relate to the Black African, African American, and African diasporic experience.
siskelfilmcenter.org/blackharvest, @filmcenter

BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia, PA

August 4 – 7, 2016, add to your calendar
BlackStar Film Festival 2016
BlackStar highlights films that are often overlooked from emerging, established, and mid-career directors, writers and producers working in narrative, documentary, experimental and music video filmmaking.
blackstarfest.org, @blackstarfest

Broccoli City Festival in Washington, DC

April 30, 2016, add to calendar
Broccoli City Festival 2016
This festival combines pop culture world with explosive ideas and lessons to change the environment and urban communities.
bcfestival.com, @BroccoliCity

ColorComm Conference in Miami, FL

July 20 – 22, 2016, add to your calendar
ColorComm Conference 2016
The ultimate business conference for women of color in communications. Innovative programs, presented by the industry’s top practitioners and thought leaders, will address key issues and predict future trends.
colorcommconference.com, @colorcomm

CurlFest in Brooklyn, NY

July 2016 (official dates have not been released yet)
curlfest 2016
A mecca of afros, twist-outs, and curls set to a soundtrack of chill music and positive energy. Spread love the Brooklyn way in celebration of all things
naturally beautiful, including you.
curlygirlcollective.com/our-blog, @curlygirlcollective

Drake’s OVO Fest during Caribana Weekend in Toronto, Ontario

August 2016 (official dates have not been released yet)
Drake OVO Fest 2016
Don’t act, you know you love you some Drake. October’s Very Own will host his 7th annual OVO Fest in his hometown Toronto.
caribanatoronto.com/event/ovofest@welcomeOVO

Essence Festival in New Orleans, LA

June 30 – July 3, 2016, add to your calendar
Essence-Festival-2016
The Essence Festival is an annual music festival which started in 1994 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Essence. It is the largest event celebrating African American culture and music in the United States.
essence.com/festival, @essencemag

Made in America Festival in Philadelphia, PA

September 2016 (official dates have not been released yet)
Made in America Festival 2016
Budweiser Made in America Festival is an annual music festival held in Philadelphia. Sponsored by Anheuser–Busch and produced by Live Nation, the event features several stages that continuously host live music from a wide range of genres including hip hop, rock, pop, R&B, and EDM.
madeinamericafest.com, @miafest

Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival in Martha’s Vineyard, MA

August 8 – 13, 2016, add to your calendar
Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival 2016
Founded by North Carolina-based Floyd and Stephanie Rance of Run and Shoot Filmworks, MVAAFF will present films by African-American directors from around the world.
mvaaff.com, @mvaaff

NABJ Convention & Career Fair in Washington, DC

August 3 – 7, 2016, add to your calendar
NABJ Convention 2016
National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) annually holds the nation’s largest journalism convention and career fair each summer with plenary sessions and workshops for career and professional development. This year they’re partnering with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
nabj.org/event/nabjregistration2016, @nabjofficial

National Urban League Conference in Baltimore, MD

August 3 – 6, 2016, add to your calendar
National Urban League Conference 2016
An inspiring and empowering conference that will provide you with unmatched professional, civic engagement, business development, and networking opportunities.
The National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP), is a National Urban League volunteer, member, auxiliary that targets professionals ages 21 – 40 to empower their communities and change lives through the Urban League Movement.
nul.iamempowered.com, @naturbanleague

Oakland Art and Soul Festival in Oakland, CA

August 20 – 21, 2016, add to your calendar
Oakland Art and Soul Festival 2016
Two sensational days of music, food, fun and art in beautiful downtown Oakland.
artandsouloakland.com

Odunde Festival in Philadelphia, PA

June 2016 (official dates have not been released yet)
Odunde Festival 2016
The largest African American street festival on the east coast with 500,000 people, over 12 city blocks, and two stages of live entertainment.
odundefestival.org, @odundefestival

One Music Fest in Atlanta, GA

September 2016 (official dates have not been released yet)
One Music Fest 2016
One Musicfest brings together different artists to perform on their own terms, setting the stage for music genres to bleed into one another. One MusicFest creates the magic of a unique urban music experience inspired by alternative culture, sound and thought.
onemusicfest.com, @onemusicfest

Parlour Magazine’s #TravelFly Solo Weekend in the U.S. Virgin Islands

June 9 – 13, 2016, add to your calendar
TravelFly Solo Weekend 2016
The #TravelFly Solo Weekend is a 5 day/4 night self-care inspired trip that is dedicated to whatever your heart desires. Designed as a “solo trip,” there is no large crew required, just you (and a bestie if you wish!), our “solo” guide to the islands and no group-think or pre=planned itineraries.
parlourmagazine.com/2015/12/the-travelfly-solo-weekend, @parlourmagazine

The Roots Picnic in Philadelphia, PA

June 4, 2016, add to your calendar
the roots picnic 2016
The Roots want to “break you off” at their annual event in it’s 9th year.
rootspicnic.com, @rootspicnic

Sweetlife Festival in Columbia, MD

May 2016 (official dates have not been released yet)
Sweetlife Festival 2016
A two-day festival featuring over 22 hours of music and more than 25 of our favorite artists. “Sweetlife” is about meaningful living and authentic relationships.
sweetlifefestival.com

UPTOWN Uncorked Food & Wine Festival in Napa Valley, CA

July 2016 (official dates have not been released yet)
UPTOWN Uncorked Food & Wine Festival 2016
Enjoy a uniquely curated, 5-star immersion into Napa Valley culture with private vineyard tours, wine tasting, golf, yoga, live music, spa, comedy and culinary delights prepared by renowned chefs.
uptownmagazineuncorked.com, @uptownmagazine

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